Show Stoppers Column: Do You Hear the People Sing for Les Mis?

Nancy Stevens previews Les Misérables and Northern Ballet’s portrayal of Queen Victoria upon their arrival at MK Theatre

Come mid-May, Milton Keynes Theatre, in its twentieth birthday year, is going to be rolling out the red, white and blue carpet for LES MISÉRABLES.

Les Mis (as it’s affectionately known) is one of the world’s truly great mega musicals and has played to over 120 million people, and is here from May 14 to June 8.

The year is 1832. Jean Valjean, a French peasant who stole a loaf of bread and ended up spending 19 years in gaol for his trouble, is living to regret it.

Then he jumps parole, which doesn’t go down well with Javert, a particularly jobsworthy cop who, with his unshakeable belief in the letter of the law, obsessively hounds Valjean until… well, we don’t want any spoilers here, thank you!

Olivier Award-nominated Killian Donnelly plays Valjean. It’s all songs – it’s known as a sung-through musical, but in between the singing bits that don’t have titles of their own, are the songs.

I Dreamed a Dream, One Day More, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, and, of course, the rousing anthemic, Do You Hear the People Sing?

Les Mis truly is the biz!

Also, see Queen Victoria as you’ve never seen her before – not Judi Dench nor Jenna Coleman – but Abigail Prudames portraying her in Northern Ballet’s VICTORIA at MK Theatre from April 30 – May 4.

Passion, tragedy, fierce devotion, and this new biopic brings the sensational story of Victoria to life in dance, choreographed by Cathy Marston, creator of the Northern Ballet’s acclaimed Jane Eyre.

Queen Victoria’s diaries revealed a life so fascinating that her daughter Beatrice tried to rewrite history. Her irrepressible love for Albert sparked a royal dynasty.

But his untimely death brought the world’s most powerful woman to her knees with grief.

Listen to Nancy Stevens’ award winning local arts show on Secklow Sounds 105.5FM on Sunday nights from 6pm-8pm. Listen again at

This feature was published in the May 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

One comment

  1. I saw the US Tour of Les Mis two years ago in Greenville, SC with the university I attended. That was my 5th time seeing the stage show.

    This year, I have the chance to see the stage production in Charlotte, my hometown. I hope I will.


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